Reading Roundup – 25th April 2014

April 25, 2014

First of all, I have a confession to make; I’ve not read very much this week.  If I’m being perfectly honest, I’ve become engrossed in the Lego The Hobbit game on my Playstation.  I wouldn’t consider myself a gamer at all, but these Lego games are so much fun – all the fun little details.  

Anyway, I digress.  The two books I have been reading/listening to this week are Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist and Lockstep by Karl Schroeder.  i am actually reading Silverthorn in French.  It would appear that ebook rights for the English version of Feist’s earlier works have not been granted.  Since I much prefer to read electronically, that leaves me with the French version.  Sigh.  I look forward to the day when you can buy an ebook from a different market with as much ease as you can a hard copy.  I am listening to Lockstep in audio and so far am very much enjoying it.  Reviews will come soon.

Added to my library this week

There have been some interesting deals on the Audible daily deals this week.  I picked up Jennifer Worth’s Call the Midwife narrated by Nicola Barber.  I love the BBC television series, so I’m looking forward to listening to this.

Also on Audible daily deals I picked up a full cast adaptation of George Lucas’s Star Wars.  Those of you who follow my blog will know I raved about the audio book of Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily a New Hope and The Empire Striketh Back so you can imagine I’m looking forward to this.

In Kindle format I picked up a cheap deal for Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies.  This is described as a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life on Pennsylvania Avenue with America’s first families, by the man who spent nearly three decades in their midst.  it could be interesting, it could be boring, but for a couple of dollars I’m happy to take the risk.

Author Libba Bray has been generating a lot of buzz in the BookTube community and people whose opinion I trust such as Katytastic and BenjaminOfTomes have recommended her, so I have picked up The Diviners in both Kindle and Audible formats.   I was particularly drawn to the Audible version as it is narrated by January LaVoy who does such sterling work as part of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars cast.   The Diviners seems to be 1920s New York meets ghosts and the occult.  Naturally, I will share my thoughts on these.

Upcoming releases in May

Charlaine Harris’s new book, Midnight Crossroad is released on 6th May.  Harris, is of course, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which I loved.  Midnight Crossroad is also set in the southern US – this time in Texas – and is about a town where supernatural beings go to lay low.  I look forward to this one.  I’ve preordered  it in both Audible and Kindle format.

Also on the 6th of May we have The One, the final instalment in Kiera Cass’s Selection trilogy.  As I’ve mentioned before, this is my guilty little secret.  The characters are annoying and the concept is an unusual blend of The Bachelor meets Hunger Games, but I can’t stop reading it anyway.  I wonder where Cass will take our heroine this time.  Again I have this on both Amazon and Audible preorder.

Finally on the 27th of May we have City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare’s final entry in The Mortal Instruments series.  We’ve stuck with these characters through five books now, and being the final book all bets are off.  I’m almost a little nervous to see who doesn’t make it.  I see the narrator hasn’t yet been announced for this one.  Audible and Kindle preorders are available.

That’s all for this week – have a good one.

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